Ayah

Word by Word
قَالُواْ
They said
تَٱللَّهِ
By Allah
لَقَدۡ
certainly
ءَاثَرَكَ
Allah has preferred you
ٱللَّهُ
Allah has preferred you
عَلَيۡنَا
over us
وَإِن
and indeed
كُنَّا
we have been
لَخَٰطِِٔينَ
sinners
قَالُواْ
They said
تَٱللَّهِ
By Allah
لَقَدۡ
certainly
ءَاثَرَكَ
Allah has preferred you
ٱللَّهُ
Allah has preferred you
عَلَيۡنَا
over us
وَإِن
and indeed
كُنَّا
we have been
لَخَٰطِِٔينَ
sinners

Translation

They said: "By Allah! indeed has Allah preferred thee above us, and we certainly have been guilty of sin!"

Tafsir

They said, 'By God, truly God has preferred you over us, with kingship and in other ways, and indeed we (wa-in: in is softened, in other words [it is understood as] innaa, 'indeed we') have been erring', sinful towards you and treated you disgracefully.

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